Global Payments Inc (GPN): Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

Out of thousands of stocks that are currently traded on the market, it is difficult to determine those that can really generate strong returns. Hedge funds and institutional investors spend millions of dollars on analysts with MBAs and PhDs, who are industry experts and well connected to other industry and media insiders on top of that. Individual investors can piggyback the hedge funds employing these talents and can benefit from their vast resources and knowledge in that way. We analyze quarterly 13F filings of over 700 hedge funds and, by looking at the smart money sentiment that surrounds a stock, we can determine whether it has potential to beat the market over the long-term. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at what smart money thinks about Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN).

Is Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) a sound investment right now? The best stock pickers are turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets moved up by 4 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare GPN to other stocks including Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR), News Corp (NASDAQ:NWS), and Leucadia National Corp. (NYSE:LUK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN).

Hedge fund activity in Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN)

Heading into Q4, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 17% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Samlyn Capital, managed by Robert Pohly, holds the number one position in Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN). Samlyn Capital has a $174.3 million position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Clifford Fox, which holds a $92.6 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Andrew Immerman and Jeremy Schiffman’s Palestra Capital Management, Ben Gambill’s Tiger Eye Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.